Thursday, July 28, 2011
Bradley out as U.S. coach
By Charlie Corr
Former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley's tenure as the U.S. National Team head coach has ended. U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that he has been relieved of his duties for the national squad.
"We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "During his time as the head coach of our men's national team he led the team to a number of accomplishments. But we felt now was the right time for us to make a change."
Bradley was the Fire's first head coach and led Chicago to an MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in the organization's debut season in 1998. Bradley was named the U.S. head coach in January of 2007 and compiled a 43-25-12 record over five years.
"I was shocked, just like you and most people were," Fire interim head coach Frank Klopas said Thursday after the team's training. "I was on a flight back and someone told me at training. Obviously I have tremendous respect for Bob. He coached me here for two years -- very memorable years. And I was on the staff with him for a year. So to tell you the truth, I'm shocked."
Bradley's U.S. squad won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, was second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and advanced to the Round of 16 in last year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
"It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob," Gulati said. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."